updated 09:05 am EDT, Fri July 29, 2005
MaxUpgrades has announced the availability of , a CPU Bay internal storage expansion assembly for G5 Power Macs. MaxConnect Lite is made of PolyAcetal, a thermoplastic known for its high strength and stiffness. It enables three additional disk drives to be housed in the lower CPU bay. To power the additional three hard disk drives in the lower CPU Bay, optional custom power cables are included that splits power from the optical drive connector, power from the optical drive bay is routed into the lower CPU Bay via power cable that provides power to the three additional drives with standard hard disk 4-pin connectors. MaxConnect Lite offers four bolt hard disk drive attachments, and its unique design exposes maximum area for heat dissipation for the attached hard disk drives. MaxConnect Lite is priced at $74 (Bare Assembly).
Sustained data transfer rates up to 250MB/s can be attained on the G5 Power Macs with PCI-X slots by adding four independent data channels via PCI-X SATA host Adapter and with additional SATA hard disk drives installed with MaxConnect internal storage expansion assembly, each independent data channel is capable of pumping data up to 60 MB/s or when four disk drives are striped together RAID 0, sustained data transfer rate is quadrupled (up to 250 MB/s) of internal storage system of the G5 Power Mac, compared to single internal stock drive of the G5 or external storage via Firewire 800 or FireWire 400 disk storage (both Single or RAID).